When it comes to football rivalries, one team’s loss is another team’s gain. The 49ers certainly took that lesson to heart, as they snatched rookie wide receiver Chris Harper from the Seahawks practice squad and signed him to their active roster on Monday.
Selected by Seattle in the fourth round of this year’s draft, Harper was expected to add depth to the Seahawks receiving corps when they signed the 6’1” wideout out of Kansas State. But even with an injury to new acquisition Percy Harvin, the Seahawks felt comfortable enough with their depth at the position to move Harper to the practice squad roster, making him available to teams willing to place him on their active roster.
With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham entering the season on the reserve/ physically unable to perform list, San Francisco is dealing with its own injury issues at wide receiver. Still, the move came as a surprise, as the 49ers had to trade linebacker Cam Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional draft pick in order to free up a roster spot for Harper. He joins Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams, Jon Baldwin, Quinton Patton and Marlon Moore as the sixth wide receiver on San Francisco’s active roster. Seattle won’t have to wait long to get a look at their former pick wearing red and gold, as the teams square off in the first of their two regular season meetings for the Seahawks home opener in week 2.
In other Seahawks news, defensive end Chris Clemons is expected to practice with the team on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in January, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Although Clemons has been ruled out for the season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, his return to practice is an encouraging sign for the team, who is dealing with a variety of health issues along the defensive line.
Lastly, ESPN released their Week 1 NFL Power Rankings earlier today with Seattle taking the top spot. Elliot Harrison of NFL.com had the Seahawks ranked third in his Power Rankings released today, behind San Francisco at number one and Denver at number two, and the Associated Press listed Seattle as the number two team in their AP Pro32 power rankings, sandwiched between the 49ers and Broncos.